5 Podcasts Hosted by Women of Color You Should Subscribe to ASAP
Representation matters, not only from the people you see on the television screen but from the people who flood your earphones when you’re making your daily commute. I love podcasts, but after a while it gets kind of boring listening to the same type of male voice explaining all the things I would like to know about, from economics to history. In a greater effort to diversify my podcast portfolio, I’ve stumbled upon some really fantastic podcasts hosted or co-hosted by women of color. Whether they are discussing the intricacies of immigration policy or unpacking the latest celebrity nonsense, it’s refreshing to hear female voices, especially those of color.
Still Processing is co-hosted by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, two writers from The New York Times. I am absolutely obsessed with her takes on current events and popular culture: as a cultural writer, Jenna always provides a new perspective on the topic at hand, and they are usually perspectives that I have never considered before. It’s a fun listen, but you’ll always come away learning something new.
Okay, so there’s only one woman of color in this cast of four – but it’s still worth a listen! This Filipino American Life is definitely climbing up the list of my favorite podcasts. As a mashed up Filipina American, I’ve never given myself the time to understand what being Filipina means beyond the delicious food – pancit canton, anyone? I resonate with co-host Elaine Dolalas’ experiences as a Filipina American, maybe because identity just isn’t something my other titas or cousins talk about at all. Not a Filipino American? I don’t think you need to stick to podcasts within your race; there are so many podcasts out there, and most of them offer really personal insights into other people’s cultures.
The Read hardly needs an introduction, but it’s the podcast I’m always dying to listen to. I first got into The Read after listening, and cry-laughing, to their episode on Kanye West and I’ve been hooked ever since. But my favorite part of The Read, by far, is Crissle. (Although I love Kid Fury, too!) Crissle is a hilarious presence – perhaps because she reminds me of my best friend – but she’s also incredibly real. In the newest segment of the show, Crissle’s Couch, Crissle shares with listeners advice she’s gotten from her therapist. While they do discuss the hilarity of celebrity snafus, she is so open about sharing the value of therapy, which as a person of color, I find really validating and comforting.
I haven’t found many podcasts like The Mash-Up Americans, which is probably why I love it so much. As a mashed up American, I’ve spent a lot of my adult life contemplating my mixed identity and pushing back on societal attitudes that I am a half of something, rather than a whole person. If I had a dollar for every time someone has asked me what I am or called me a mutt, I would be wealthy beyond my wildest dreams. This description of Amy Choi’s and Rebecca Lehrer’s podcast should tell you everything you need to know and subscribe: “We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of mash-up identity as we figure it out ourselves. We live on the frontlines of this unique and wonderful multi-everything place, and we want to talk about it — all the things we love, struggle with, and need to understand.”
Two words: Maria Hinojosa. Forget the fact that she is a groundbreaking anchor and executive producer. Forget the fact that she’s won amazing awards in journalism. My favorite reason to listen to In The Thick is Maria Hinojosa. I am fan-womaning a bit but on top of the fascinating array of topics and issues the show covers from a PoC perspective, Maria comes to every conversation with intention and compassion. In this world of hostility and hatred, listening to someone talk about messy issues with such care is so refreshing. Yes, you will learn something new but you’ll also be reminded that there are still good people doing the good fight.